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Kutia is the first dish of a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal.

Kutia symbolizes prosperity, peace and good health.


  • 2 cups of wheat
  • water
  • 1 cup of poppy seeds
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of honey disolved in 1/2 cup of hot water
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans, optional


  • Place the wheat into a crock pot and just cover with water, turn crock to high, cook for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours stir in the honey/water mixture, poppy seeds and nuts if using.
  • Cook another 2 hours, adding water if needed. You want the finished product to be a touch soupy.

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